Leaders of Opposition Parties in Uganda have condemned police’s brutality and circumstances that unfolded during and after the KCCA council meeting in which Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago was impeached.
They have also undertaken to work jointly to eliminate impunity, destruction of national institutions, disrespect for the rule of law and personalization of the state by the ruling government.
Lukwago was Monday voted out of office by KCCA councillors after a tribunal found him guilty of incompetence and abuse of office. He lost the ballot by 29 votes to three.
Subsequently, Police fired tear gas to break up groups protesting against Lukwago’s dismissal. The protesters accuse government of plotting against Lukwago in order to wrest control of the mayor’s post from the opposition.
The statement presented by Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) President General Mugisha Muntu was signed by the leaders of the Conservative Party (CP) Justice Forum (JEEMA) and Uganda People’s Congress (UPC).
The leaders condemned the use of security agencies to unleash violence and terror on perceived opponents of the regime and the continued brutalisation of opposition leaders and activists.
They further appealed to all democracy-seeking opposition political parties, civil society and the voters to resist attempts to disenfranchise the people of Kampala and Uganda of their rights to elect their leaders.
Asuman Basalirwa added that all political parties are associating themselves with the Court Process challenging the impeachment of Erias Lukwago in show of solidarity.
He equally appealed to people of Kampala to reclaim their vote by rejecting the exercise in which Lukwago was thrown out of office.